Skip to main content

Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

See other formats

INDIAN "VICISSITUDES.-                                             317
whatever their rank in life, if only endowed by nature with genius or audacity,
rose in an incredibly short space of time from obscurity to all but regal power.
The wealth so rapidly secured was as profusely lavished ; nor was there any
object in hoarding, when the next chance of war would either increase the
treasure ten-fold, or transfer it bodily to a Yictorious rival. Thus, a hamlet
became in one day the centre of a princely court, crowded with magnificent
buildings, and again, ere the architect had well :Completed Ms. design^ sunk with
its founders into litter ruin and desolation.